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Guanzhong Wang Non-local measurement of quasiparticle distribution in proximitized semiconductor nanowires using quantum dots

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Non-local measurement of quasiparticle distribution in proximitized semiconductor nanowires using quantum dots

Guanzhong Wang (TU Delft)

The lowest-energy excitations of superconductors do not carry an electric charge, as their wave function is equally electron-like and hole-like. This fundamental property is not easy to study in electrical measurements that rely on charge to generate an observable signal. The ability of a quantum dot to act as a charge filter enables us to solve this problem and measure the quasiparticle charge in superconducting-semiconducting hybrid nanowire heterostructures. We report measurements on a three-terminal circuit, in which an injection lead excites a non-equilibrium in the hybrid system and the electron or hole component of the resulting quasiparticles is detected using a quantum dot as a tunable charge and energy filter. The results verify the chargeless nature of the quasiparticles at the gap edge and further reveal the complete relaxation of injected charge and energy in a proximitized nanowire, resolving open questions in previous three-terminal experiments. Our setup can also be utilized to study spin physics in proximitized systems.

Authors: Guanzhong Wang, Tom Dvir, Nick van Loo, Grzegorz P. Mazur, Sasa Gazibegovic, Ghada Badawy, Erik P. A. M. Bakkers, Leo P. Kouwenhoven, Gijs de Lange
Preprint: arXiv:2110.05373

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Speaker Title
Yantao Li Dirac Magic and Lifshitz Transitions in AA-Stacked Twisted Multilayer Graphene
Brian Skinner Mysteries near the zero-field Wigner crystal transition in a 2D electron system
Yang Zhang Spin-textured Chern bands in AB-stacked transition metal dichalcogenide bilayer MoTe2/WSe2
Jonathan Curtis Cavity magnon-polaritons in cuprate parent compounds
Noah F. Q. Yuan Supercurrent diode effect and finite momentum superconductivity
Risto Ojajärvi Superconductivity provides a giant enhancement to the spin battery effect
Xavier Waintal Correlations and computational quantum transport: an approach for the automatic calculation of Feynman diagrams at large orders
Antonio Manesco Correlation-induced valley topology in buckled graphene superlattices
André Melo Multiplet supercurrent in Josephson tunneling circuits
Mazhar Ali Realization of the field-free Josephson diode
Dominic Else Quantum many-body topology of quasicrystals
Valentin Crépel Superconductivity mediated by a third-electron: Spin-triplet superconductivity from excitonic effect in doped band insulators
Pramod Kumar Flat band induced non-Fermi liquid behavior of multicomponent fermions
Michał Pacholski Deconfinement of Majorana vortex modes produces a superconducting Landau level
Elizabeth Dresselhaus Numerical evidence for marginal scaling at the integer quantum Hall transition
Helene Spring Amorphous topological phases protected by continuous rotation symmetry
Kostas Vilkelis Bloch-Lorentz magnetoresistance oscillations in delafossites
Abhishek Kumar Floquet Gauge Pump
Chun-Xiao Liu Electronic properties of InAs/EuS/Al hybrid nanowires
Antonio Manesco Strain-engineering the topological type-II Dirac semimetal NiTe2
Vasilii Vadimov Many-body Majorana-like zero modes without gauge symmetry breaking
Dalla Torre Emanuele Statistical Floquet prethermalization from kicked rotors to the Bose-Hubbard model
Bo Peng Topological phonons in oxide perovskites controlled by light
Julien Barrier Long-range ballistic transport of Brown-Zak fermions in graphene superlattices
André Melo Conductance asymmetries in mesoscopic superconducting devices due to finite bias
Valla Fatemi Topological Band Structures in the Offset-Parameter-Dependence of Small Josephson Circuits
Joshuah T. Heath Landau Quasiparticles in Weak Power-Law Liquids
Hamed Vakili Using skyrmionic racetracks for unconventional computing
Antonio Manesco Correlations in the elastic Landau level of spontaneously buckled graphene

Dirac Magic and Lifshitz Transitions in AA-Stacked Twisted Multilayer Graphene

By Yantao Li (Indiana University)

Authors: Yantao Li, Adam Eaton, H. A. Fertig, Babak Seradjeh
Preprint: arXiv:2107.10687

We uncover a new type of magic-angle phenomena when an AA-stacked graphene bilayer is twisted relative to another graphene system with band touching. In the simplest case this constitutes a trilayer system formed by an AA-stacked bilayer twisted relative to a single layer of graphene. We find multiple anisotropic Dirac cones coexisting in such twisted multilayer structures at certain angles, which we call "Dirac magic." We trace the origin of Dirac magic angles to the geometric structure of the twisted AA-bilayer Dirac cones relative to the other band-touching spectrum in the moir\'e reciprocal lattice. The anisotropy of the Dirac cones and a concomitant cascade of saddle points induce a series of topological Lifshitz transitions that can be tuned by the twist angle and perpendicular electric field. We discuss the possibility of direct observation of Dirac magic as well as its consequences for the correlated states of electrons in this moir\'e system.

Mysteries near the zero-field Wigner crystal transition in a 2D electron system

By Brian Skinner (Ohio State University)

Authors: Joseph Falson, Inti Sodemann, Brian Skinner, Daniela Tabrea, Yusuke Kozuka, Atsushi Tsukazaki, Masashi Kawasaki, Klaus von Klitzing, Jurgen H Smet
Preprint: arXiv:2103.16586

I will discuss recent experimental results on the low-temperature transport in a strongly interacting zinc-oxide-based high mobility two dimensional electron system. The data shows clear hallmarks of the long-anticipated transition between a Fermi liquid phase and a Wigner crystal phase at zero magnetic field. Other features of the data, however, suggest new mysteries in the vicinity of this transition. This talk will highlight those mysteries, and overview a number of sharp and unexpected questions that are implied by the data. I will focus on the resistivity at ultra-low temperatures as a function of electron concentration and spin polarization.

Spin-textured Chern bands in AB-stacked transition metal dichalcogenide bilayer MoTe2/WSe2

By Yang Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Authors: Yang Zhang, Trithep Devakul, Liang Fu
Preprint: arXiv:2107.02167

While transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) based moire materials have been shown to host various correlated electronic phenomena, topological states have not been experimentally observed until now. In this work, using first principles calculations and continuum modeling, we reveal the displacement field induced topological moire bands in AB-stacked TMD heterobilayer MoTe2/WSe2. Valley contrasting Chern bands with non-trivial spin texture are formed from interlayer hybridization between MoTe2 and WSe2 bands of nominally opposite spins. Our study establishes a recipe for creating topological bands in AB stacked TMD bilayers in general, which provides a highly tunable platform for realizing quantum spin Hall and interaction induced quantum anomalous Hall effects.

Cavity magnon-polaritons in cuprate parent compounds

By Jonathan Curtis (Harvard University)

Authors: Jonathan B. Curtis, Andrey Grankin, Nicholas R. Poniatowski, Victor M. Galitski, Prineha Narang, Eugene Demler
Preprint: arXiv:2106.07828

Cavity control of quantum matter may offer new ways to study and manipulate many-body systems. A particularly appealing idea is to use cavities to enhance superconductivity, especially in unconventional or high-\(T_c\) systems. Motivated by this, we propose a scheme for coupling Terahertz resonators to the antiferromagnetic fluctuations in a cuprate parent compound, which are believed to provide the glue for Cooper pairs in the superconducting phase. First, we derive the interaction between magnon excitations of the Ne\'el-order and polar phonons associated with the planar oxygens. This mode also couples to the cavity electric field, and in the presence of spin-orbit interactions mediates a linear coupling between the cavity and magnons, forming hybridized magnon-polaritons. This hybridization vanishes linearly with photon momentum, implying the need for near-field optical methods, which we analyze within a simple model. We then derive a higher-order coupling between the cavity and magnons which is only present in bilayer systems, but does not rely on spin-orbit coupling. This interaction is found to be large, but only couples to the bimagnon operator. As a result we find a strong, but heavily damped, bimagnon-cavity interaction which produces highly asymmetric cavity line-shapes in the strong-coupling regime. To conclude, we outline several interesting extensions of our theory, including applications to carrier-doped cuprates and other strongly-correlated systems with Terahertz-scale magnetic excitations.

Supercurrent diode effect and finite momentum superconductivity

By Noah F. Q. Yuan (Shenzhen JL Computational Science and Applied Research Institute)

Authors: Noah F. Q. Yuan, Liang Fu
Preprint: arXiv:2106.01909

When both inversion and time-reversal symmetries are broken, the critical current of a superconductor can be nonreciprocal. In this work we show that in certain classes of two-dimensional superconductors with antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling, Cooper pairs acquire a finite momentum upon the application of an in-plane magnetic field, and as a result, critical currents in the direction parallel and antiparallel to the Cooper pair momentum become unequal. This supercurrent diode effect is also manifested in the polarity-dependence of in-plane critical fields induced by a supercurrent. These nonreciprocal effects may be found in polar SrTiO\(_3\) film, few-layer MoTe\(_2\) in the \(T_d\) phase, and twisted bilayer graphene in which the valley degrees of freedom plays the role analogous to spin.

Superconductivity provides a giant enhancement to the spin battery effect

By Risto Ojajärvi (University of Jyväskylä)

Authors: Risto Ojajärvi, Tero T. Heikkilä, P. Virtanen, M. A. Silaev
Preprint: arXiv:2103.07412

We develop a theory of the spin battery effect in superconductor/ferromagnetic insulator (SC/FI) systems taking into account the magnetic proximity effect. We demonstrate that the spin-energy mixing enabled by the superconductivity leads to the enhancement of spin accumulation by several orders of magnitude relative to the normal state. This finding can explain the recently observed giant inverse spin Hall effect generated by thermal magnons in the SC/FI system. We suggest a non-local electrical detection scheme which can directly probe the spin accumulation driven by the magnetization dynamics. We predict a giant Seebeck effect converting the magnon temperature bias into the non-local voltage signal. We also show how this can be used to enhance the sensitivity of magnon detection even up to the single-magnon level.

Correlations and computational quantum transport: an approach for the automatic calculation of Feynman diagrams at large orders

By Xavier Waintal (PHELIQS, CEA Grenoble, France)

Authors: Marjan Maček, Philipp T. Dumitrescu, Corentin Bertrand, Bill Triggs, Olivier Parcollet, Xavier Waintal
Preprint: arXiv:2002.12372

Even in the simplest quantum nanoelectronic devices, such as quantum dots (Kondo effect, Coulomb blockade) or quantum point contacts (0.7 anomaly), electronic correlations play a central role. Yet, except in some specific situations, these correlations are beyond the reach of existing numerical techniques. In this talk, I will present our efforts to build algorithms that systematically and automatically calculate all Feynman diagrams up to very large order (10-22). As a first real life application, I will show how the technique can be used to solve the Kondo problem out-of-equilibrium.

Correlation-induced valley topology in buckled graphene superlattices

By Antonio Manesco (University of São Paulo)

Authors: Antonio L. R. Manesco, Jose L. Lado
Preprint: arXiv:2104.00573

Flat bands emerging in buckled monolayer graphene superlattices have been recently shown to realize correlated states analogous to those observed in twisted graphene multilayers. Here, we demonstrate the emergence of valley topology driven by competing electronic correlations in buckled graphene superlattices. We show, both by means of atomistic models and a low-energy description, that the existence of long-range electronic correlations leads to a competition between antiferromagnetic and charge density wave instabilities, that can be controlled by means of screening engineering. Interestingly, we find that the emergent charge density wave has a topologically non-trivial electronic structure, leading to a coexistent quantum valley Hall insulating state. In a similar fashion, the antiferromagnetic phase realizes a spin-polarized quantum valley-Hall insulating state. Our results put forward buckled graphene superlattices as a new platform to realize interaction-induced topological matter.

Multiplet supercurrent in Josephson tunneling circuits

By André Melo (Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology)

Authors: André Melo, Valla Fatemi, Anton R. Akhmerov
Preprint: arXiv:2104.11239

The multi-terminal Josephson effect allows DC supercurrent to flow at finite commensurate voltages. Existing proposals to realize this effect rely on nonlocal Andreev processes in superconductor-normal-superconductor junctions. However, this approach requires precise control over microscopic states and is obscured by dissipative current. We show that standard tunnel Josephson circuits also support multiplet supercurrent mediated only by local tunneling processes. Furtheremore, we observe that the supercurrents persist even in the high charging energy regime in which only sequential Cooper transfers are allowed. Finally, we demonstrate that the multiplet supercurrent in these circuits has a quantum geometric component that is distinguinshable from the well-known adiabatic contribution.

Realization of the field-free Josephson diode

By Mazhar Ali (Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics)

Authors: Heng Wu, Yaojia Wang, Pranava K. Sivakumar, Chris Pasco, Stuart S. P. Parkin, Yu-Jia Zeng, Tyrel McQueen, Mazhar N. Ali
Preprint: arXiv:2103.15809

The superconducting analog to the semiconducting diode, the Josephson diode, has long been sought, with multiple avenues to realization proposed by theorists. Exhibiting magnetic-field free, single directional superconductivity with Josephson coupling of the supercurrent across a tunnel barrier, it would serve as the building-block for next-generation superconducting circuit technology. Here we realized the field-free Josephson diode using an inversion symmetry breaking heterostructure of \(\mathrm{NbSe_2/Nb_3Br_8/NbSe_2}\). We demonstrate, for the first time without magnetic field, the junction can be superconducting in one direction while normal in the opposite direction. Based on that, half-wave rectification of a square-wave excitation was achieved with low switching current density (\(~2.2\times 10^2 \mathrm{A/cm^2}\)), high rectification ratio (\(~10^4\)) and high robustness (at least \(10^4\) cycles). We also demonstrate symmetric \(\Delta I_\mathrm{c}\) (the difference between positive and negative critical currents) behavior with field and the expected Fraunhofer current phase relation of a Josephson junction. This realization raises fundamental questions about the Josephson effect through an insulator when breaking symmetry, and opens the door to ultralow power, high speed, superconducting circuits for logic and signal modulation.

Quantum many-body topology of quasicrystals

By Dominic Else (MIT)

Authors: Dominic V. Else, Sheng-Jie Huang, Abhinav Prem, Andrey Gromov
Preprint: arXiv:2103.13393

In this paper, we characterize quasicrystalline interacting topological phases of matter i.e., phases protected by some quasicrystalline structure. We show that the elasticity theory of quasicrystals, which accounts for both "phonon" and "phason" modes, admits non-trivial quantized topological terms with far richer structure than their crystalline counterparts. We show that these terms correspond to distinct phases of matter and also uncover intrinsically quasicrystalline phases, which have no crystalline analogues. For quasicrystals with internal \(\mathrm{U}(1)\) symmetry, we discuss a number of interpretations and physical implications of the topological terms, including constraints on the mobility of dislocations in \(d=2\) quasicrystals and a quasicrystalline generalization of the Lieb-Schultz-Mattis-Oshikawa-Hastings theorem. We then extend these ideas much further and address the complete classification of quasicrystalline topological phases, including systems with point-group symmetry as well as non-invertible phases. We hence obtain the "Quasicrystalline Equivalence Principle," which generalizes the classification of crystalline topological phases to the quasicrystalline setting.

Superconductivity mediated by a third-electron: Spin-triplet superconductivity from excitonic effect in doped band insulators

By Valentin Crépel (MIT)

Authors: Valentin Crépel and Liang Fu
Preprint: arXiv:arXiv:2012.08528 and arXiv:2103.12060

In this talk, I will comprehensively review the general electronic mechanism for superconductivity introduced in arXiv:2012.08528 and arXiv:2103.12060. There, it is shown that a non-retarded pairing interaction can be produced from the electron-electron repulsion itself through virtual inter-band transitions. The theory presented is analytically controlled by a strong-coupling expansion in the kinetic energy term and explicitly demonstrated in doped band insulators with the example of an extended Hubbard model. This work demonstrates a powerful method for studying strong coupling superconductivity. It also offers realistic new routes to realize unconventional superconducting state with, for instance, finite angular momentum or spin-triplet pairing.

Flat band induced non-Fermi liquid behavior of multicomponent fermions

By Pramod Kumar (Aalto University)

Authors: Pramod Kumar, Sebastiano Peotta, Yosuke Takasu, Yoshiro Takahashi, Päivi Törmä
Preprint: arXiv:2005.05457

We investigate multicomponent fermions in a flat band and predict experimental signatures of non-Fermi liquid behavior. We use dynamical mean-field theory to obtain the density, double occupancy and entropy in a Lieb lattice for \(\mathcal{N} = 2\) and \(\mathcal{N} = 4\) components. We derive a mean-field scaling relation between the results for different values of \(\mathcal{N}\), and study its breakdown due to beyond-mean field effects. The predicted signatures occur at temperatures above the N\'eel temperature and persist in presence of a harmonic trapping potential, thus they are observable with current ultracold gas experiments.

Deconfinement of Majorana vortex modes produces a superconducting Landau level

By Michał Pacholski (Instituut-Lorentz, Universiteit Leiden)

Authors: M. J. Pacholski, G. Lemut, O. Ovdat, İ. Adagideli, C. W. J. Beenakker
Preprint: arXiv:2101.08252

A spatially oscillating pair potential \(\Delta(r)=\Delta_0 e^{i K\cdot x}\) with momentum \(K>\Delta_0/\hbar v\) drives a deconfinement transition of the Majorana bound states in the vortex cores of a Fu-Kane heterostructure (a 3D topological insulator with Fermi velocity \(v\), on a superconducting substrate with gap \(\Delta_0\), in a perpendicular magnetic field). In the deconfined phase at zero chemical potential the Majorana fermions form a dispersionless Landau level, protected by chiral symmetry against broadening due to vortex scattering. The coherent superposition of electrons and holes in the Majorana Landau level is detectable as a local density of states oscillation with wave vector \(\sqrt{K^2-(\Delta_0/\hbar v)^2}\). The striped pattern also provides a means to measure the chirality of the Majorana fermions.

Numerical evidence for marginal scaling at the integer quantum Hall transition

By Elizabeth Dresselhaus (University of California, Berkeley)

Authors: E. J. Dresselhaus, B. Sbierski, I. A. Gruzberg
Preprint: arXiv:2101.01716

The integer quantum Hall transition (IQHT) is one of the most mysterious members of the family of Anderson transitions. Since the 1980s, the scaling flow close to the critical fixed point in the parameter plane spanned by the longitudinal and Hall conductivities has been studied vigorously both by experiments and with numerical simulations. Despite all efforts, it is notoriously difficult to pin down the precise values of critical exponents, which seem to vary with model details and thus challenge the principle of universality. Recently, M. Zirnbauer [Nucl. Phys. B 941, 458 (2019)] has conjectured a conformal field theory for the transition, in which linear terms in the beta-functions vanish, leading to a very slow flow in the fixed point's vicinity which we term marginal scaling. In this work, we provide numerical evidence for such a scenario by using extensive simulations of various network models of the IQHT at unprecedented length scales. At criticality, we confirm the marginal scaling of the longitudinal conductivity towards the conjectured fixed-point value \(\sigma_{xx} = 2/\pi\). Away from criticality we describe a mechanism that could account for the emergence of an effective critical exponents \(\nu_{eff}\), which is necessarily dependent on the parameters of the model. We confirm this idea by exact numerical determination of \(\nu_{eff}\) in suitably chosen models.

Amorphous topological phases protected by continuous rotation symmetry

By Helene Spring (TU Delft)

Authors: Helene Spring, Anton R. Akhmerov, Daniel Varjas
Preprint: arXiv:2012.12909

Protection of topological surface states by reflection symmetry breaks down when the boundary of the sample is misaligned with one of the high symmetry planes of the crystal. We demonstrate that this limitation is removed in amorphous topological materials, where the Hamiltonian is invariant on average under reflection over any axis due to continuous rotation symmetry. While the local disorder caused by the amorphous structure weakens the topological protection, we demonstrate that the edge remains protected from localization. In order to classify such phases we perform a systematic search over all the possible symmetry classes in two dimensions and construct the example models realizing each of the proposed topological phases. Finally, we compute the topological invariant of these phases as an integral along a meridian of the spherical Brillouin zone of an amorphous Hamiltonian.

Bloch-Lorentz magnetoresistance oscillations in delafossites

By Kostas Vilkelis (Qutech, Delft University of Technology)

Authors: Kostas Vilkelis, Lin Wang, Anton Akhmerov
Preprint: arXiv:2012.08552

Recent measurements of the out-of-plane magnetoresistance of delafossites (PdCoO\(_2\) and PtCoO\(_2\)) observed oscillations which closely resemble the Aharanov-Bohm effect. We develop a semiclassical theory of these oscillations and show that they are a consequence of the quasi-2D dispersion of delafossites. We observe that the Lorentz force created by an in-plane magnetic field makes the out-of-plane motion of electrons oscillatory, similarly to Bloch oscillations. Analysis of the visibility of these Bloch-Lorentz oscillations reveals the mean-free path to be \(l \approx 4.4 \mu m\) in comparison to the literature in-plane mean free path of \(20 \mu m\). The mean-free path is reduced as a consequence of the out-of-plane relaxation and sample wall scattering. Our theory offers a way to design an experimental geometry that is better suited for probing the phenomenon and to investigate the out-of-plane dynamics of ballistic quasi-two-dimensional materials.

Floquet Gauge Pump

By Abhishek Kumar (Indiana University Bloomington)

Authors: Abhishek Kumar, Gerardo Ortiz, Philip Richerme, Babak Seradjeh
Preprint: arXiv:2012.09677

We introduce the concept of a Floquet gauge pump whereby a dynamically engineered Floquet Hamiltonian is employed to reveal the inherent degeneracy of the ground state in interacting systems. We demonstrate this concept in a one-dimensional XY model with periodically driven couplings and transverse field. In the high frequency limit, we obtain the Floquet Hamiltonian consisting of the static XY and dynamically generated Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction (DMI) terms. The dynamically generated magnetization current depends on the phases of complex coupling terms, with the XY interaction as the real and DMI as the imaginary part. As these phases are cycled, it reveals the ground state degeneracies that distinguish the ordered and disordered phases. We discuss experimental requirements needed to realize the Floquet gauge pump in a synthetic quantum spin system of interacting trapped ions.

Electronic properties of InAs/EuS/Al hybrid nanowires

By Chun-Xiao Liu (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)

Authors: Chun-Xiao Liu, Sergej Schuwalow, Yu Liu, Kostas Vilkelis, A. L. R. Manesco, P. Krogstrup, Michael Wimmer
Preprint: arXiv:2011.06567

We study the electronic properties of InAs/EuS/Al heterostructures as explored in a recent experiment [S. Vaitiekenas \emph{et al.}, Nat. Phys. (2020)], combining both spectroscopic results and microscopic device simulations. In particular, we use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to investigate the band bending at the InAs/EuS interface. The resulting band offset value serves as an essential input to subsequent microscopic device simulations, allowing us to map the electronic wave function distribution. We conclude that the magnetic proximity effects at the Al/EuS as well as the InAs/EuS interfaces are both essential to achieve topological superconductivity at zero applied magnetic field. Mapping the topological phase diagram as a function of gate voltages and proximity-induced exchange couplings, we show that the ferromagnetic hybrid nanowire with overlapping Al and EuS layers can become a topological superconductor within realistic parameter regimes. Our work highlights the need for a combined experimental and theoretical effort for faithful device simulation.

Strain-engineering the topological type-II Dirac semimetal NiTe2

By Antonio Manesco (University of São Paulo)

Authors: Pedro P. Ferreira, Antonio L. R. Manesco, Thiago T. Dorini, Lucas E. Correa, Gabrielle Weber, Antonio J. S. Machado, Luiz T. F. Eleno
Preprint: arXiv:2006.14071

In this work, the electronic and elastic properties of the type-II Dirac semimetal NiTe\(_2\), in equilibrium and under strain, were systematically studied within the scope of density functional theory (DFT) and effective models. We have demonstrated that strain-engineering is an effective route for manipulating its electronic and topological properties. We have shown that compressive and tensile deformations control the Dirac node momentum and their energy relative to the Fermi level. Moreover, it is possible to lower or increase the overlap between the low-energy wave functions and suppress trivial bands, opening the way for superconductivity, Liftshtz transitions, and a hybrid type-I and type-II Dirac semimetallic phase. Furthermore, we provided a minimal effective model for the Dirac cone and derive the mentioned strain effects using lattice regularization, providing an inexpensive way for further theoretical investigations and easy comparison with experiments. We also proposed statically controlling the electronic-structure with the intercalation of alkali-element species into the van der Waals gap, resulting in a similar physical response to the one obtained by strain-engineering.

Many-body Majorana-like zero modes without gauge symmetry breaking

By Vasilii Vadimov (QCD Labs, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University)

Authors: V. Vadimov, T. Hyart, J. L. Lado, M. Möttönen, T. Ala-Nissila
Preprint: arXiv:2011.06552

Topological superconductors represent one of the key hosts of Majorana-based topological quantum computing. Typical scenarios for one-dimensional topological superconductivity assume a broken gauge symmetry associated to a superconducting state. However, no interacting one-dimensional many-body system is known to spontaneously break gauge symmetries. Here, we show that zero modes emerge in a many-body system without gauge symmetry breaking and in the absence of superconducting order. In particular, we demonstrate that Majorana zero modes of the symmetry-broken superconducting state are continuously connected to these zero-mode excitations, demonstrating that zero-bias anomalies may emerge in the absence of gauge symmetry breaking. We demonstrate that these many-body zero modes share the robustness features of the Majorana zero modes of symmetry-broken topological superconductors. We introduce a bosonization formalism to analyze these excitations and show that a ground state analogous to a topological superconducting state can be analytically found in a certain limit. Our results demonstrate that robust Majorana-like zero modes may appear in a many-body systems without gauge symmetry breaking, thus introducing a family of protected excitations with no single-particle analogs.

Statistical Floquet prethermalization from kicked rotors to the Bose-Hubbard model

By Dalla Torre Emanuele (Bar-Ilan University)

Authors: Emanuele G. Dalla Torre
Preprint: arXiv:2005.07207

The manipulation of many-body systems often involves time-dependent forces that cause unwanted heating. One strategy to suppress heating is to use time-periodic (Floquet) forces at large frequencies. In particular, for quantum spin systems with bounded spectra, it was shown rigorously that the heating rate is exponentially small in the driving frequency. Recently, the exponential suppression of heating has also been observed in an experiment with ultracold atoms, realizing a periodically driven Bose-Hubbard model. This model has an unbounded spectrum and, hence, is beyond the reach of previous theoretical approaches. Here, we develop a semiclassical description of Floquet prethermal states and link the suppressed heating rate to the low probability of finding many particles on a single site. We derive an analytic expression for the exponential suppression of heating valid at strong interactions and large temperatures, which matches the exact numerical solution of the model. Our approach demonstrates the relevance of statistical arguments to Floquet perthermalization of interacting many-body quantum systems.

Topological phonons in oxide perovskites controlled by light

By Bo Peng (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

Authors: Bo Peng, Yuchen Hu, Shuichi Murakami, Tiantian Zhang, Bartomeu Monserrat
Preprint: arXiv:10.17863/CAM.57482

Perovskite oxides exhibit a rich variety of structural phases hosting different physical phenomena that generate multiple technological applications. We find that topological phonons – nodal rings, nodal lines, and Weyl points – are ubiquitous in oxide perovskites in terms of structures (tetragonal, orthorhombic, and rhombohedral), compounds (BaTiO3, PbTiO3, and SrTiO3), and external conditions (photoexcitation, strain, and temperature). In particular, in the tetragonal phase of these compounds all types of topological phonons can simultaneously emerge when stabilized by photoexcitation, whereas the tetragonal phase stabilized by thermal fluctuations only hosts a more limited set of topological phonon states. In addition, we find that the photoexcited carrier concentration can be used to tune the topological phonon states and induce topological transitions even without associated structural phase changes. Overall, we propose oxide perovskites as a versatile platform in which to study topological phonons and their manipulation with light.

Long-range ballistic transport of Brown-Zak fermions in graphene superlattices

By Julien Barrier (The University of Manchester, U.K.)

Authors: Julien Barrier, Piranavan Kumaravadivel, Roshan Krishna-Kumar, L. A. Ponomarenko, Na Xin, Matthew Holwill, Ciaran Mullan, Minsoo Kim, R. V. Gorbachev, M. D. Thompson, J. R. Prance, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, I. V. Grigorieva, K. S. Novoselov, A. Mishchenko, V. I. Fal'ko, A. K. Geim, A. I. Berdyugin
Preprint: arXiv:2006.15040

In quantizing magnetic fields, graphene superlattices exhibit a complex fractal spectrum often referred to as the Hofstadter butterfly. It can be viewed as a collection of Landau levels that arise from quantization of Brown-Zak minibands recurring at rational (\(p/q\)) fractions of the magnetic flux quantum per superlattice unit cell. Here we show that, in graphene-on-boron-nitride superlattices, Brown-Zak fermions can exhibit mobilities above 10\(^6\) cm\(^2\)V\(^{-1}\)s\(^{-1}\) and the mean free path exceeding several micrometers. The exceptional quality of our devices allows us to show that Brown-Zak minibands are \(4q\) times degenerate and all the degeneracies (spin, valley and mini-valley) can be lifted by exchange interactions below 1K. We also found negative bend resistance at \(1/q\) fractions for electrical probes placed as far as several micrometers apart. The latter observation highlights the fact that Brown-Zak fermions are Bloch quasiparticles propagating in high fields along straight trajectories, just like electrons in zero field.

Conductance asymmetries in mesoscopic superconducting devices due to finite bias

By André Melo (Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology)

Authors: André Melo, Chun-Xiao Liu, Piotr Rożek, Tómas Örn Rosdahl, Michael Wimmer
Preprint: arXiv:2008.01734

Tunneling conductance spectroscopy in normal metal-superconductor junctions is an important tool for probing Andreev bound states in mesoscopic superconducting devices, such as Majorana nanowires. In an ideal superconducting device, the subgap conductance obeys specific symmetry relations, due to particle-hole symmetry and unitarity of the scattering matrix. However, experimental data often exhibits deviations from these symmetries or even their explicit breakdown. In this work, we identify a mechanism that leads to conductance asymmetries without quasiparticle poisoning. In particular, we investigate the effects of finite bias and include the voltage dependence in the tunnel barrier transparency, finding significant conductance asymmetries for realistic device parameters. It is important to identify the physical origin of conductance asymmetries: in contrast to other possible mechanisms such as quasiparticle poisoning, finite-bias effects are not detrimental to the performance of a topological qubit. To that end we identify features that can be used to experimentally determine whether finite-bias effects are the source of conductance asymmetries.

Topological Band Structures in the Offset-Parameter-Dependence of Small Josephson Circuits

By Valla Fatemi (Yale University)

Authors: Valla Fatemi, Anton R. Akhmerov, Landry Bretheau
Preprint: arXiv:2008.13758

We introduce Weyl Josephson circuits: small Josephson junction circuits that simulate Weyl band structures. We first formulate a general approach to design circuits that are analogous to Bloch Hamiltonians of a desired dimensionality and symmetry class. We then construct and analyze a six-junction device that produces a 3D Weyl Hamiltonian with broken inversion symmetry and in which topological phase transitions can be triggered in situ. We argue that currently available superconducting circuit technology allows experiments that probe topological properties inaccessible in condensed matter systems.

Landau Quasiparticles in Weak Power-Law Liquids

By Joshuah T. Heath (Boston College)

Authors: Joshuah T. Heath
Preprint: arXiv:2001.08230

The failure of Landau-Fermi liquid theory is often considered a telltale sign of universal, scale-invariant behavior in the emergent field theory of interacting fermions. Nevertheless, there exist borderline cases where weak scale invariance coupled with particle-hole asymmetry can coexist with the Landau quasiparticle paradigm. In this letter, I show explicitly that a Landau-Fermi liquid can exist for weak power-law scaling of the retarded Green's function. Such an exotic variant of the traditional Fermi liquid, although exhibiting a finite quasiparticle weight and large quasiparticle lifetime, is shown to always be incompatible with Luttinger's theorem for any non-trivial scaling. This result yields evidence for a Fermi liquid-like ground state in the high-field, underdoped pseudogap phase of the high-temperature cuprate superconductors.

Using skyrmionic racetracks for unconventional computing

By Hamed Vakili (Dept. of Physics University of Virginia)

Authors: Hamed Vakili, Mohammad Nazmus Sakib, Samiran Ganguly, Mircea Stan, Matthew W. Daniels, Advait Madhavan, Mark D. Stiles, Avik W. Ghosh
Preprint: arXiv:2005.10704

Skyrmions are topological excitations in thin magnetic films with broken spatial symmetry, and can be driven at high speeds along magnetic racetracks using modest currents in heavy metal underlayers. However, they suffer strong Magnus forces arising from their vorticity. Eliminating these Magnus forces requires precise tuning of parameters that are hard to execute during fabrication. We show how Heusler ferrimagnetic racetracks can achieve high speeds and low damping. Instead of eliminating Magnus forces, we show how designing a spatially varying magnetic parameter, such as a graded PtxW1-x alloy, creates a moving skyrmion that keeps evolving into a growing hybrid between Bloch and Neel until it reaches an automatic compensation line where it self-converges into a racetrack. We can further tune the compensation line using a combination of static and gate-controlled dynamic magnetic anisotropy. Finally, we describe how the position of skyrmions along racetracks can be used as a native memory for temporal race logic that can be used for solving large graph theoretical problems.

Correlations in the elastic Landau level of spontaneously buckled graphene

By Antonio Manesco (University of São Paulo)

Authors: Antonio L. R. Manesco, Jose L. Lado, Eduardo V. S. Ribeiro, Gabrielle Weber, Durval Rodrigues Jr
Preprint: arXiv:2003.05163

Electronic correlations stemming from nearly flat bands in van der Waals materials have demonstrated to be a powerful playground to engineer artificial quantum matter, including superconductors, correlated insulators and topological matter. This phenomenology has been experimentally observed in a variety of twisted van der Waals materials, such as graphene and dichalcogenide multilayers. Here we show that spontaneously buckled graphene can yield a correlated state, emerging from an elastic pseudo Landau level. Our results build on top of recent experimental findings reporting that, when placed on top of hBN or NbSe\(_2\) substrates, wrinkled graphene sheets relax forming a periodic, long-range buckling pattern. The low-energy physics can be accurately described by electrons in the presence of a pseudo-axial gauge field, leading to the formation of sublattice-polarized Landau levels. Moreover, we verify that the high density of states at the zeroth Landau level leads to the formation of a periodically modulated ferrimagnetic groundstate, which can be controlled by the application of external electric fields. Our results indicate that periodically strained graphene is a versatile platform to explore emergent electronic states arising from correlated elastic Landau levels.